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>> ♪♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪♪ >> good morning. here's what's happening here on this wednesday february 4th. we've got breaking news. fire crews face off against flames and rescue residents after a massive fire breaks out at an apartment complex in norristown. we're live at that scene. >> the search for survivors under way in taiwan after a plane loses control, crashes into a river and the whole thing was captured on video. >> fury and revenge. jordan has executed two islam particular terrorists a direct response to one of its pilots
being burned alive by isis. >> good morning, it's 4:30. let's check weather and traffic with david. good morning. >> on storm tracker 6 live double scan we have a couple snow showers we expected to be farther up to the north but looks like they've managed to push down into baltimore and these are coming in from the west. the extreme southern portion of chester county is being affected by this right now. western berks county as well. this doesn't look like it's necessarily going to put down a whole lot but as it pushes towards the east i have a concern we could get a quick coating or freeze upon roadways. use caution if you run into one of those snow showers. it could get slippery beneath your feet and tires in are a hurry. 24 degrees in philadelphia, 26 in wilmington, 22 in millville. still just 13 degrees in allentown. not a lot of wind out there. although the wind we have is coming up from the south and that's going to help us warm things up in a hurry as we get past the morning rush hour. right now we have fairly light winds out there so wind chills not too bad.
24 degrees by 8 o'clock but by noon up to 40 and 46 degrees at 3 o'clock. that is going to be your high today and then we drop down the 39 by 6 o'clock so we get a bit of a break this afternoon and then colder stuff comes back and we might have more snow showers around tomorrow morning. all of that is is ahead of the accuweather 7-day. >> this is our break. it may not feel like it but we should enjoy it. an issue in mount laurel a downed pole blocking the right lane on 73 southbound at church road so watch for restrictions. it's from an accident from last night but you're still dying dealing with that through your morning rush. live on the schuylkill at south street overnight construction is clear. no problems between south philadelphia and king of prussia. we'll be watching to see if those snow showers should be moving through as david said but for now we're looking dry. we have an accident on the smolder lehigh county northeast extension southbound past lehigh valley and a building fire that we've been talking about in norristown watch for that. swede street shut down at west
march shaft you can use dekalb as your alternate matt and tam. >> breaking news out of norristown. fire crews there on the scene of that massive four alarm fire at an apartment complex. >> the blaze broke out before 1:00 a.m. firefighters had to rescue a number of residents. "action news" reporter annie mccormick is live at the scene. annie reporter: matt and time the fire broke out just before 1 o'clock this morning. at this point we're cold about 23 people are out of their homes. that includes the people that live in that apartment building and also next door. take a look behind me. you can see there's still a heavy response here. there's still flames we're seeing in the top of the building. at this point we are told that they believe that this fire may have started in the basement or possibly in the second or third floor of the building. another resident telling us that she heard that this may have happened in a trash chute. take a look at this video. this is video of intense flames that broke out again just before 1 o'clock this morning. we're told that this is about
a six story apartment building. the bottom portion of it is actually a chiropractor's office. i talked to the owners of that office. they're telling us they're concerned about their equipment they have down there but they're still waiting to find out a lost information. i just spoke to judge hughes who is the head of the red cross. she is telling me that those residents that are out of their homes are now able to stay at norristown high school. they are putting up a shelter as we speak. she says that there's a number of people in this building that have physical and some have mental disabilities so they're having the proper people over there to help those people figure out how to get on their feet and just even just get through this morning. we're told that they're working now on trying to get them warm food, something warm to drink as well. now, back out here live again you can still see the presence that is out here right now. we're still waiting to talk to firefighters. we do know that there were a number of rescues here. we also know that there were
several people taken to the hospital. we're told at this point it's smoke inhalation but again we're still waiting to hear more details from firefighters about the extent of injuries. again, people that are displaced from this fire are able to go to norristown high school. power is cut off to a number of homes on the 600 block of swedes road. there's septa buses on hand here for people to wait to keep warm while they figure out what to do next. for now reporting live in force turns annie mccormick channel6 "action news." >> annie, thank you very much. also breaking this morning a plane loses control clips an elevated roadway and plunges into a river in taiwan. more than a dozen people are believed dead. >> it's a frightening scene all caught on camera. "action news" reporter erin o'hearn is live in our satellite center. good morning. >> good morning. it's terrifying video matt and tam. the plane carrying 58 people crashed only about five minutes after takeoff into a
river in taipei. at least 15 people have died and there's a desperate rescue effort going on right now. take a look at that video. that was dash cam video of that car traveling over the bridge and you can see as that plane wing just clips the taxi traveling over the bridge there. now, you can see it hurdling out of control. taiwan's official news agency reported that the pilot app feared try to steer the plane back in control but was obviously unsuccessful. there were two people in in taxi. they were injured but are now in stable condition after being taken to a hospital. this is video here of the rescue effort going on right now trying to save passengers and crew members inside that plane which is submerged in the river. this all happened around 11:00 a.m. local time and it's really amazing that anyone survived that crash. we know most of the people on board were chinese tourists. there were also at least two children on board. and let's switch over and show
you some of the damage, the aftermath. take a look at that. again, that plane just huddled out of control about five minutes after takeoff. the wind actually clipped a taxi that was traveling over that bridge in taipei and you saw that amazing video of the crash as it happened from that dash cam on a car that was traveling over the bridge and again, there are rescue efforts going on right now. we know that 15 people have been confirmed dead and this is actually the second crash of a trans asia flight in seven months. we know they have found the black box in that plane so that should give us some clues as this investigation continues as to why this may have happened but this is an ongoing rescue effort and we'll keep you updated throughout the morning. live in there sat center, erin o'hearn, channel6 "action news." >> more breaking news. this time out of trenton where a police officer was rushed to the hospital after being hit by a car. take a look.
this is brand new video just in from that scene. it happened just after 1:30 this morning at the intersection of chestnut and walnut avenues. police say the driver of a car hit the officer then led police on a chase that ended in nearby hamilton township. the driver of the striking car was also should there but it's unclear who fired the shot. we'll have much more on this story in a full report at 5:00 a.m. there developing right now a commuter train cash in a new york suburb killed seven people and seriously injured a dozen others. the crowded metro north railroad train slammed into an suv on the tracks and burst into flames. it happened during rush hour last night in valhalla about 20 miles north of new york city. the suv driver had gotten stuck on the tracks and was trying to drive forward when the vehicle was hit. the impact was so forceful it pushed the electrified third rail up piercing the train. >> there was a passenger that ran past me. he had blood on his face. and people were pulling the
windows off trying to get out through the emergency windows screaming, yelling. it was just total panic. >> the suv driver and six people on the train were killed. around 650 passengers were on board at the time. it was the metro north railroad's deadliest crash in its history. >> jordan has executed two prisoners both part of islamic state terror networks and this was in retaliation for the brutal murder of a jordanian fighter pilot by isis. the prisoners were both hanged early this morning hours after isis released the video showing that captured fighter pilot being burned alive in a cage. isis had offered this pilot as part of a prisoner exchange but the deal fell apart when isis couldn't offer proof of life. jordan had vowed a swift and lethal response if that pilot was hurt. one of the executed prisoners was a suicide would be bomber from al-qaeda who isis wanted as part that of exchange. she had been on jordan's death roll for her role in a triple
hotel bombing in 2005 that killed dozens of people. >> a delaware county couple faces a court hearing in connection with a terrifying incident involving their one month old daughter and pet ferret. ernie frame and his fiancée are charged with child endangerment. authorities say the ferrets escaped from a cloth cage as the babysat in her car seat next to them and the pets partially ate her face. police say the infant has a lifetime of surgeries ahead. >> police in radnor delaware county are searching for the shooter who fired into a home in bryn mawr. the bullet came within 3 feet of a sleeping 12-year-old boy. zach marino was asleep in his bed early thursday morning on the 600 block of bryn mawr avenue when a noise startled him out of his sleep. he thought it sounded like cracking wood so he went back to sleep. a few days later his mother spotted a hole in the wall and then she discovered that bullet in the carpet. police say it was a stray
bullet from someone who had been firing at a street sign near the house. the 12-year-old has some words for the shooter. >> i just want them to know that their reckless actions could have murdered an innocent child. >> investigators believe that bullet possibly came from app .38 caliber weapon. >> time right now 4:41 and "action news" will be right back. authorities hope this surveillance video will help them catch the man who called in a bomb threat to the montgomery county courthouse. >> also ahead the coast guard jumps into took save a dog from a cold icy lake in michigan. >> there could be a couple snow showers around so dress the kids warmly but this afternoon they can put away a lot of that extra gear. i'll have your call from accuweather and the latest on storm tracker 6 coming up next. >> ♪♪
>> new this morning, the rescue of a yellow lab from a freezing cold lake michigan. the dog somehow made it into the water from northern michigan yesterday. the coast guard sprang into action pulling the lab to safety. the rescue took nearly an hour. the lab was then reunited with her owner. >> aww. >> so, little bit of snow
shower out there. hi. >> tam's hair was blocking me. nice hair, though. no, it's good. >> storm tracker 6 -- don't worry about the hair. we're going in tight on this. looks like there's a pretty nice bloom of snow pushing into new castle county delaware and southern chester county farther up north towards coatesville looks like it's not going to be quite as much but if you get caught underneath this is for a little time this morning it's definitely going to show you down as that could put a quick coating on the roads. let's go ahead and go a little bit tighter into parts of new castle county delaware. looks like newark is going get some of this as well. farther up the areas to the north i should say honeybrook chester county, out in the western edge beginning to pick up a little of this light stuff. reading just about ready to pick up some as wells. this will only be an issue for a couple hours this morning but slow it down if you get caught under that, okay. storm tracker 6 shows you the snow and sky 6 shows you how across the region we're looking at clouds with some breaks.
of course we'll cloud up that as snow shower pops through but overall we're looking at sun coming back into play and it's not going to be all that wintry this afternoon. 24 degrees currently in philadelphia, winds light at 5 miles per hour. definitely feeling the chill and once we get finished with these little snow showers coming through this morning we're looking at some breaks in the clouds to the west and we should wind up with a mix of clouds and sun. temperatures are really going change today too. it will still be cold by 8 o'clock, 24 but up to 36 by 11 o'clock and then this afternoon we're going to hit a high of 46 degrees. it will really feel nice for several hours this afternoon. that's why i said kids aren't going the need quite as much stuff to bundle up with on the way home from school as they will on the way in. 39 in allentown, this evening will feel lot better than yesterday. mid 40's up and down the i-95 corridor and mid 40's down the shore as well. a little cooler up north but not too bad. today we get that 46-degree high but it's going to be a real brief warmup because tomorrow we're going to have an area of high pressure that's going to help guide in some of this colder air from the arctic and we are going to see temperatures back down
into the 20's and 30's as we head toward the end of the week. and as we transition to that colder air tomorrow morning there is the slight chance of a snow shower. the latest run on future tracker 6 doesn't really want to bring it all the way down into philadelphia but we're still going to go for a coating to an inch out of this despite the fact that it doesn't look like much because most of the models are picking up the idea of about a half inch or somewhere around that. the rpm really the only one that doesn't wander snow at all. again that's tomorrow morning during the morning rush. your exclusive accuweather 7-day getting a break today. we got a little snow shower around this morning and cold temperatures to start out but later on clouds and sun and 46. that will feel g tomorrow colder again with a high of 34 an snow shower possible during the morning commute. then brisk and colder with a high of just 29 on friday. on saturday we're back to 42 and not as harsh although late in the day there could be a rain shower, maybe even a snow shower at night and sunday still isn't looking great with a mix of rain or a mix of wet snow or all snow depending on where you are and the timing of this.
but little bit on the messy side on sunday and there's the possibility of some more snow showers on monday. >> okay. thank you. police need your help identifying the person who phoned in a bomb threat to montgomery concorde house. authorities have released this surveillance video of what they say is the man mall that threat last thursday. police say he called from a pay phone on the outside wall of a 7-eleven in west norriton township. the hoax resulted in a two hour evacuation of the courthouse. if you think you know who that man s-please contact police. happening today, its confirmation hearing for president obama's new pick for defense secretary will get going. ashton carter was born in philadelphia and graduated from abington high school back in 1972. he went ton yale and oxford and served as deputy defense secretary between 2011 and 2013. at the hearing carter will likely face tough questions about iraq and other issues but he is expected to easily win senate confirmation.
>> heading to the big board now. let's talk about your first look at business. the long running collapse in oil prices may finally be coming to an end that's what at least some are saying. they're already saying that gas prices have bottomed and are on the way back up which is bad for consumers. oil prices surged 7 percent yesterday lifting up the major stock indices which is good for your investments. stock futures are pointing to a lower open at 9:30. netflix appears to be back online. the video streaming service has some 33 million subscribers. netflix is working to identify the cause. this picture provides proof that texting can make people miss life's greatest moments. an unidentified man is immersed in his phone while a huge humpback whale surfaces just feet from his boat. our colleagues have verified that the photo is real saying it was taken near, redondo
beach california. >> better to live in the moment not on your phone. still ahead on "action news," flench authorities are investigating after three soldiers come under attack and this crime could be linked to last month's terror attacks in paris. >> speaking of being on your phone, tragedy. authorities believe the act of taking selfies could be to blame for this deadly plane crash in colorado.
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eighth street at maple avenue. we had an accident in lehigh county causing a problem on the northeast extension southbound but that accident cleared so now traffic is moving much better. a downed pole in mount laurel on 73 southbound but that cleared as well so in those areas things are looking better, matt and tam. >> okay, thank you karen. a terror investigation is going on in france. a man armed with a knife attacked three french soldiers outside of a jewish community center. police say the suspect and a possible accomplice both in custody. the officers were not seriously hurt. authorities say the attacker apparently has the same last name as the man who killed four hostages at a kosher supermarket in paris and gunned down a police officer last month. france has been on high alert since attacks of three islamic extremists including the gunmen themselves. >> investigators in colorado believe a pilot and passengers taking selfies played a role in a deadly plane crash. this was the scene outside denver last may. two people were killed when
the single engine plane went down. a go pro camera was found near the wreckage and it contained footage of the pilot and his passengers taking selfies with their phones on previous flights. the ntsb report says it is likely the pilot may have gotten distracted by a phone became disoriented and lost control. >> ♪♪ gwendolyn schnellinghoffer can appreciate a simple name. that's why she likes pick 3 from the pennsylvania lottery, they've given all your favorite numbers games new, simpler names. and for something really simple, play the all-new pick 2. easy to play. simple to say.
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the super bowl victory with fans. there will be a parade through downtown boston. the parade kicks off at 11:00 a.m. the pats beat the seahawks on sunday. the parade was supposed to take place yesterday but the city pushed it back after monday's snowstorm. >> 4:58 is the time and breaking this morning a massive multi alarm fire lights up the early morning sky in norristown. we are live on the scene gathering the latest developments. >> ♪♪
>> ♪♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> hi, everyone, its 5 o'clock on this wednesday february 4th and we're following several breaking stories. >> an apartment building erupts into a multi alarm firely in montgomery county. >> video shows a plane veering out of control crashing overseas. more than a dozen people are dead and many more remain missing. >> also breaking an awful story just to the north of us. a new jersey police officer is struck by a car overnight. we have new details just in. >> we're tracking some snow showers for some of us with david and karen. good morning.